Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or Project Study
📌 Key facts
It’s easy to assume that human knowledge is stable – that everything we have learnt will endure for millennia. Yet oral history can evolve as it passes between generations, books can be destroyed, and digital storage is more fragile and transient than many assume. The hard drives and servers that underpin our world today will eventually become unreadable as the years pass. Our storage methods may serve us well now, but they are far from immortal. We need to find out a way to safely store knowledge for eternity. It will be your job to find out how.
Answer at least one of the following questions: What are the most durable storage solutions (not the digital ones) for information? Where are storage facilities worldwide for all kinds of knowledge and information? Which companies offer services or products to store information and save knowledge? How can genetic data, biological tissue, items, and information be stored best for a long time? Which innovative business models are there for data storage and security for companies, states, individuals? How can you personally save your data best? What is the future of DNA storage?
🦾Who We Are
The Chair for Strategy and Organization is focused on doing research with impact. This means we do not want to repeat old ideas and base our research solely on the research people did 10 years ago. Instead, we currently research topics that will shape the future. Topics such as Agile Organizations and Digital Disruption, Blockchain Technology, Creativity and Innovation, Digital Transformation and Business Model Innovation, Diversity, Education: Education Technology and Performance Management, HRTech, Leadership and Teams. We are always early in noticing trends, technologies, strategies and organizations that shape the future, which has its ups and downs.
- Collect current technologies for storing data and information
- Consider several types of data (digital, analog, biological) and find the best storage types
- Evaluate different businesses storing knowledge and their durability
- Create a map of worldwide long-term storage locations
- Reliable and self-driven
- Enthusiasm for knowledge / innovative technologies / future of humanity
- Ability to do sophisticated internet, desk research, and connect with practitioners
- Passion to learn more about the future and do research with impact
📚 Further Reading
Bei minus 200 Grad: In diesem Bunker lagert die Lebensversicherung unserer Menschheit
Es gibt Programme und Daten, die halten unsere moderne Welt am Laufen. Doch was, wenn sie verschwinden, wenn es zu einer Katastrophe oder einem Krieg kommt? Im hohen Norden auf der Insel Spitzbergen liegt in einer ehemaligen Kohlemine das Arctic World Archive.
Unter Langzeitarchivierung ( LZA) versteht man die Erfassung, die langfristige Aufbewahrung und die Erhaltung der dauerhaften Verfügbarkeit von Informationen. Vor allem bei der Langzeitarchivierung digital vorliegender Informationen ( digital preservation) stellen sich neue Probleme. „Langzeit" bedeutet für die Bestandserhaltung digitaler Ressourcen nicht die Abgabe einer Garantieerklärung über fünf oder fünfzig Jahre, sondern die verantwortliche Entwicklung von Strategien, die den beständigen, vom Informationsmarkt verursachten Wandel bewältigen können.
Preservation is the activity of protecting something from loss or danger. An occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change. A process that saves organic substances from decay. The condition of being preserved for future use. Kept intact or in a particular condition.
A 30-million page library is heading to the moon to help preserve human civilization
When Israel's Beresheet spacecraft launched toward the moon last week, it was carrying a mysterious cargo. Mission planners called it a time capsule but hinted that that wasn't the whole story. Now the truth is out: The little lunar probe carries a 30-million-page archive of human knowledge etched into a DVD-size metal disc.
Knowledge has been and will continue to be a key competitive differentiator when it comes to driving organizational performance. The power of people and machines working together offers the greatest opportunity for creating knowledge in human history. However, advanced technologies, new ways of working, and shifts in workforce composition are rendering traditional views of knowledge management obsolete.
Best Long-Term Data Archive Solutions
For most long-term data archive solutions use cases and many disaster recovery scenarios, tape is the superior choice over hard disk drives. Not only is tape more cost-effective, which is sure to put a smile on the face of any CFO, its longer-term reliability is beyond question, which should allow data owners and IT execs to rest easier and free them up to focus on driving business innovation.
📄 Requirements to any Work
We do not want your research to gather dust in some corner of a bookshelf but make it accessible to the world. Thus, we warmly encourage you to create some or all of the following:
- Infograph - visually represent some of your work (find examples here)
- Slide Deck - summarize your research and possibly present it
- Extract most important sequences from podcasts, videos, and other media
- 3-4 Tweets about the most important findings and summarizing the topic
- optional: Medium Article - let people outside university know about your research and start your personal brand
📬 How to Apply
If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Isabell Welpe (e-mail below) by submitting your CV and grade report. Please also briefly outline your tentative research idea (research question, data and methods, possible outcomes with a tentative outline all in word as *.docx)
We're greatly looking forward to hearing more about you!